RUSD Board Meeting

RUSD Board Meeting
11/12/2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Rowland Unified School District Office Board Room 1830 Nogales Street Rowland Heights, CA 91748 Phone: (626) 965-2541

Board Vision

The Rowland Unified School District promotes, expects, and accepts nothing short of excellence. We have a collective commitment to be the best school district in California.

About the Board 

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Education.  Each Board Member is elected by the community at large and serves a four-year term.  

Last year, the California Legislature passed and Governor Brown signed into law SB415, the California Voter Participation Rights Act (CVPRA).  The CVPRA became effective on January 1, 2016. This new law requires a local educational agency to hold an election on a statewide election date if holding an election on a non-concurrent date has previously resulted in a significant decrease in voter turnout. Because the voter turnout for the 2015 election was less than 75% of the average turnout for the 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008 elections, the Rowland Unified School District is required to consolidate its elections with statewide elections. The next election will take place in November of 2018. (Adopted by Board of Education 12/13/16).



Cary C. Chen, President

Donna Freedman, Vice President

David M. Malkin, Clerk

Angelena M. Pride, Member

Lynne Ebenkamp, Member

Functions of the Board

The primary function of the Board of Education is to act as the policy-making body for the District.  The Board is charged with ensuring quality educational programs for students from grades Transition Kindergarten through 12 and Adult Education & Community programs in accordance with state law and the needs of the community.

The Board hires and supports the Superintendent so that the vision, goals, and policies of the District can be implemented.  In addition, the Board shall work with the Superintendent in setting a direction for the District, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership and advocacy on behalf of students and public education at the local, state and federal levels.  The Board shall involve the community, parents/guardians, students, and staff in developing a common vision for the District focused on learning and achievement that is responsive to the needs of all students.

The Board of Education delegates the administration of the Rowland Unified School District to a professional administrative staff headed by the Superintendent.  Individual Board Members have no power to act independently in the name of the Board when it comes to matters of the District.  Action can only be taken when the Board is in formal session with a majority of its members present.

District Mission Statement

The mission of the Rowland Unified School District, the progressive international community united in learning, is to empower students so that each actualizes his or her unique potential and responsibly contributes to a global society, through a system distinguished by rigorous academics, innovative use of technology, creative exploration, and nurturing learning experiences.

Core Values

We believe that a common set of Core Values builds the foundation for accomplishing the District’s mission.  Staff, parents, students, and community are united in fostering these beliefs.

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Student-Centered Focus
  • Responsibility with Accountability


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